Whether you are buying flowers for your home or wedding decor, it is vital to consider your vase type. Not all flowers look good in all vases. If you do not have a vase yet, you can still factor it in when choosing the flowers because it helps complete the look.
So, what are the best options for flowers in tall vases, short vases, or narrow neck vases? We want to look at that in this guide to understand how to choose flowers fully. We also talk about arranging the flowers correctly in a vase for the best look.
How To Choose The Right Vase Shape for Your Flowers
You will mostly come across different types of flower vases in the market. They will largely vary in terms of shape, size, and design. We look at a few popular options you can get in the market right now.
1. Bud vase
A bud vase would be ideal for bathrooms or bedside tables. These vases are mostly small and can only have one to three stems of the flowers. You can always do more, but it might feel crowded.
A good example of a flower in such a vase type includes wispy wildflowers or the ranunculus flower type. There is the need to cut them to size before setting up. Since the vases are generally small, consider keeping the flowers shorter too.
2. Short vase with a wider opening
A flower vase can be short if it is four to six inches tall. A bud flower vase would be short, but it will have a narrower opening. This time around, we are looking at a vase with a wider opening. How best can you use it?
Having a wider opening makes it quite versatile. You no longer have to use just a single flower stem as it gives you the option of using more flowers. We recommend focal flowers such as anemones, dahlia, and peonies. You can always include some greenery into it too.
3. Medium-sized vase
A medium flower vase will be from six to eight inches in height. The best part is how this type of vase would be more versatile than the others mentioned. With this vase type, you can easily use both short and tall flowers, and they will work great. Of course, a bit of trimming is necessary for the right fit.
We do not recommend this vase for extra-tall flowers and heavy flowers such as sunflowers. Nevertheless, this type of vase is a true workhouse and might be the only vase you need around your home or wedding decor for versatility.
4. Tall vase
If you were concerned about the flowers in tall vases, this is for you now. A vase is tall if it is nine inches or more. It can still be wide or narrow at the opening, but it would be considered tall.
Sunflowers and hydrangeas are the most commonly used flowers in a tall vase. This is because they are tall enough to clear out of the vase by a few inches. You could still add more greenery to the tall vase to improve it.
How about a tall flower vase with a narrow neck? This would be a top pick for those who want to showcase a solitary branch or flower to make a statement. Sometimes you can find people using a palm leaf or several branches for such a vase. You should generally expect low maintenance with palm leaves.
5. Patterned vase
It is possible sometimes to end up with a patterned flower vase. It is not bad at all, but you will have to choose the right colors for the flowers to add to the vase. We recommend using a one-color type of flower and adding some greenery to the flowers. You can never go wrong with such an arrangement.
Of course, you could still try out different flower combinations to see how they look once in the patterned flower vase.
6. Fish-bowl vase
Fishbowl vases are also another common pick for people who want uniqueness. We recommend using flowers that look like they are spilling over from the vase for this vase type.
Go for flowers such as daisies, roses, orchids, and chrysanthemums for this type of vase. You always have to arrange the flowers properly to ensure they fit and create a nice overflow. Also, you should cut the stems to the right size depending on the height of the fish-bowl vase.
7. Square glass vases
Square or cube glass vases are one shape you can easily fill but can also be tricky. The idea is to find a square vase that does not open too wide to hold the flowers better.
Delicate flowers such as anemones, succulents, violets, and frangipanis would be good for this vase shape. Since they will generally be shorter vases, make sure to cut the stems to size and pack them together tightly.
The Ultimate Guide to Flower Arranging in a Vase: Step by Step
Now that you know more about which vase shapes to use, what about now arranging the flowers into the vases? Below is a simple guide for arranging the flowers in your vase.
- Gather your supplies. This includes the vase, scissors, water, flowers that you like, and plant food, depending on your choice of flowers.
- Proceed to remove the extra leaves from the stems to keep them clean. You could still leave some foliage, but ensure it does not get into the water. A bit of greenery is not bad to fill the extra space and aesthetics.
- Now it is time to cut the flower stems. Hold a stem against the flower vase to find where best to cut for the right fit. You are supposed to cut the stem diagonally and soak the flower stems in water.
- Fill the vase with enough water until it is half full. It is key to ensure that you change the water after every three days. In case you used less water in the vase, you may want to change the water sooner than three days.
- Do not forget to add plant food to this vase with flowers already. Keep mixing the plant food if it sinks to the bottom, so it dissolves in the water.
- Still, as part of setting up the vase, you should consider crisscrossing the stems at the bottom. This forms the lattice pattern vital for ensuring the base is sturdy to hold the other flowers.
- Now you can add the focal flowers and spread them out. Always ensure the focal flowers are properly highlighted since they will be the most colorful and why you are setting up the flowers.
- Add the secondary flowers now. This is only necessary if you have the secondary flowers. These smaller flowers go around the flower arrangement to add a bit more flavor to it.
- Ensure that you fill or rearrange the flower on a need basis. Sometimes the petals may wilt so change them to have fresh flowers in the arrangement over time.
You always have to consider the shape of the vase as one way of coming up with the best floral arrangement. As discussed above, there are a couple of shapes in the market for vases. Make sure you pick a vase that also fits into your decor for the best looks. Also, keep replacing the flowers as they wilt to maintain a clean look generally.